Take a slow boat ride in and around Sanibel Island’s own J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Here you’ll likely see dolphin, great white egrets, and maybe even a manatee. Though it’s a small place, it has a number of things to see in terms of natural history.
If you drift slowly in two to four feet of water, you’ll be privy to a network of root systems and have a chance to see many unexpected things, especially on a clear, sunny day. You may see mullet feeding on detritus, various kinds of crabs, barnacles, immature fish, oysters, snapper and sheepshead.